Sunday, September 5, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 40 Jacob’s Daughter

 God’s Timeline – Part 40

Jacob’s Daughter

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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Jacob's Daughter Dinah

SERMON TIMELINE (2021 A.D. = 5781 Jewish Calendar Year)

 -         Creation Week (Approximately 4000 - 3900 B.C.)

o   Adam, Eve, and the Fall

-         Cain and Abel

o   Evil Fills the World


-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

o   The Flood (2379 – 2279 B.C.)

o   God’s Covenant with Noah

o   Noah’s Sons and Ham’s Sin

o   Nations of Noah’s Sons


-         Tower of Babel

 -         God calls Abram (2091 B.C.)

o   Abram and Lot part ways (2085 B.C.)

o   Rescue of Lot (2084 B.C.)


-         The Lord’s Covenant with Abram for Isaac

o   Hagar and Ishmael Born (2080 B.C.) Abram 86 years old

o   Sarai and Isaac

o   The Three Visitors

o   Abraham Pleads for Sodom


-         Birth of Isaac (2066 B.C. Abraham 99 years old Sarah 90-Hagar and Ishmael sent away)

o   The Lord tests Abraham (2054 B.C.)

o   Sarah Dies 127 years old (2030 B.C. Abraham is 136)


-         Isaac marries Rebekah (2026 B.C. Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah)

 -         Jacob and Esau are born (2006 B.C. Isaac was 60 Abraham 159)

o   Abraham dies at 175 (1991 B.C. Isaac was 75)

o   Isaac receives the Birthright and his father’s blessing

o   Esau marries two Hittites at 40 (1966 B.C.)

o   Esau marries a daughter of Ishmael

o   Jacob travels to his grandfather’s family to find a wife (1928 B.C.)

o   Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

o   Jacob marries Leah then Rachel

§  Levi is born (1921 B.C.)

§  Joseph is born (1916 B.C.)

o   Jacob fled Laban and is pursued (1908 B.C.)

o   Jacob Prepares to meet Esau

o   Jacob Wrestles with God & Becomes Israel

o   Jacob Meets With Esau after 20 Years

o   Jacob’s Daughter Raped by Shechem (1906 B.C.)






Jacob met with his brother Esau after 20 years in exile serving his uncle Laban, during which time he had children with Leah, her sister Rachel and their two servants.


Genesis 34:1-5

“Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”


5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.



a.      Jacob is not supposed to be in Shechem

                                           i.      Remember the Lord said to Jacob, the land on which he was standing God was giving him. Beth-el, this was to be where Jacob returned.

                                        ii.      Not lying to his brother Esau, after mending their relationship

                                     iii.      Not traveling to Sukkoth to live, then later moving to Shechem and buying land there to live

                                      iv.      Not building an altar to God in Shechem and expecting it to please God

                                         v.      As long as Jacob was living as Jacob the deceiver and not Israel, and as long as he was anywhere other than Beth-el, he was living outside of God’s Will


b.     Dinah was being a normal 15–16-year-old girl

                                           i.      According to most scholars, from the time of her birth, the moving around and settling in Shechem, Jacob and Leah’s daughter Dinah was approximately 15 to 16 years old.

                                        ii.      When the scripture states she “…went out to visit the women of the land,” we may infer that she was A) also considered a woman (Mary, mother of Jesus was 14) B) the scriptures say nothing about her doing ANYTHING WRONG C) after the rape Dinah is NEVER held responsible in any way for any of it, she was completely innocent, and an unwilling participant


                                     iii.      She was being a typical 15-year-old, wanting to hang with other women in town, nothing more


c.      Shechem, son of Hamor, ruled the land of Shechem

                                           i.      Scripture states, when Shechem saw Dinah, he “took her” and “raped her

1.      The next verses describe the perverse mind of a rapist

2.      Vs 3 “His heart was drawn to Dinah”

3.      LIT: His ‘nep̄eš’ ‘dāaq’ to Dinah

4.      nep̄eš – mind, desire, appetite

5.      aq – follow hard, overtake, pursued

6.      In other words, Vs 3 says “His desire/appetite was pursuing/overtaking Dinah”

                                        ii.      Vs 3 continues, “He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.”

1.      So.

2.      He raped her. He didn’t actually “love her”. You don’t rape someone you love.

3.      There are many reports of rapists speaking “tenderly” to their victims after the repulsive behavior. It does not change what has happened.

                                     iii.      Shechem went to his father Hamor and demanded, “Get me this girl as my wife.”

                                      iv.      So Shechem’s father Hamor went to talk to Jacob about arranging a marriage



a.      Genesis 34:5 “When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.”

                                           i.      Speaking with Hamor, Jacob was afraid of him

                                        ii.      When Simeon and Levi return from the field, they find out the truth


b.     Simeon and Levi were shocked at Jacob and outraged at Shechem and Hamor

                                           i.      Shocked that Jacob did nothing!

                                        ii.      Shocked at the fact, this act was “against Israel”

                                     iii.      Outraged at Shechem and Hamor


c.      Hamor and Shechem want favor so Shechem can marry Dinah

                                           i.      Hamor begins to wheel and deal for Dinah to marry his son Shechem

                                        ii.      Shechem says, “I will give you whatever you ask. Ask anything and its yours.”

                                     iii.      Verse 13-17 tells us, “Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor. 14 They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us. 15 We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males. 16 Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you. 17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”



a.      Simeon and Levi propose a ruse

                                        i.      Vs 18 “The proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem”

                                     ii.      Vs 24 “All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.”


b.     Every male in the city was circumcised

                                        i.      They agreed, and carried out their agreement


c.      Three days later

                                        i.      ILLUSTRATION: I had surgery for a hernia. The next day, I felt great. Almost no pain whatsoever. The second day, like the first, I felt great. However, on that third day, it was so sore, I could barely get out of bed. For some reason, I don’t understand why that third day forward was excruciating. It lasted nearly two weeks.

                                     ii.      Vs 25 “Three days later, while all of them were still in pain…”

                                  iii.      Simeon and Levi killed every male in the city, including Hamor and Shechem.

                                   iv.      They rescued Dinah from Shechem’s house.

                                      v.      They then looted all the dead bodies in the city because Dinah had been raped

                                   vi.      They took the flocks, donkeys, and everything else in the fields.

                                vii.      They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.





Genesis 34:30-31 “Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”


31 But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”


Jacob was angry with Simeon and Levi for what they had done.


Jacob forgot;

·        Forgot he is NOT Jacob, but Israel

·        Forgot God’s promise to protect him

·        Forgot he was to return to Beth-el the land God gave him


Jacob is afraid;

·        He was afraid of his brother Esau

·        Afraid to leave his uncle Laban (stayed an extra 6 years, then snuck off in the night)

·        He was afraid to face Shechem after he raped his daughter Dinah

·        He was afraid to tell Hamor off for his son Shechem’s terrible offense

·        He was afraid the Canaanites & Perizzites would retaliate

 All this time, he should have remembered he is Israel, not Jacob

 All this time, he should have feared the Lord, not men

 Proverbs 9:10 “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding.”


Jesus says in Matthew 10:28 “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”



Next week we will read about Jacob’s Return to Beth-el



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